FILM TIE IN EDITION
Tilly Dunnage has come home to care for her mad old mother. She left the small Victorian town of Dungatar years before, and became an accomplished couturier in Paris. Now she earns her living making exquisite frocks for the people who drove her away when she was ten. Through the long Dungatar nights, she sits at her sewing machine, planning revenge.
The Dressmaker is a modern Australian classic, much loved for its bittersweet humour. Set in the 1950s, its subjects include haute couture, love and hate, and a cast of engagingly eccentric characters. It is now a major motion picture, starring Kate Winslet and fine Australian actors including Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Liam Hemsworth and extras from the author's hometown of Jerilderie.
About the Author
Rosalie Ham worked in aged care until The Dressmaker, her first novel, became a best seller. She now teaches literature and has published the acclaimed novels Summer At Mount Hope and There Should Be More Dancing.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
Talk about stitch ‘n bitch!
The most eagerly awaited re-issue of the year; this classic could now be described perhaps as rural noir, although it is far more colourful than that. There’s a seam of stylish mischief in every page of the story of Tilly Dunnage, who returns to the fictional town of Dungatar where everyone (except the local police sergeant) is a frump, not mention dysfunctional.
With her pinking shears sharpened, Tilly is freshly back from learning the fine details of tailoring and couture in Paris. Shrugging off the hostility and gossip that plagued her early life, when she was accused of murder, she refashions the townswomen, catering to all their insecurities and jealousies. Meanwhile she plans her revenge and wrangles the unexpected romantic advances of a flirtatious suitor under the spiteful gaze of her mother, Mad Molly.
Comic, colourful and peopled with a marvellous cast of eccentric characters each harbouring their own secret, Rosalie Ham’s novel is what every stylish reader will be wearing this season.weeping, melancholy and magnificent.